Military members allegedly kill Anekanus Komarigi in Nduga Regency

Independent human rights defenders have reported another case of extra-judicial killings from the regency of Nduga. On 1 January 2018, members of the military special forces (Kopassus) tortured Anekanus Komarigi (20 years) inside the Maleo Military Post, located in the Kenyam District of Nduga Regency. Anekanus Komarigi and three friends went to the Maleo military post to buy a motor cycle because some military members allegedly ran a second hand motor cycle business. The friends sat down with two military members in front of the post to drink tea and eat cookies. As the military members went inside the post, Anekanus wanted to follow them inside to watch television. The military members prevented Anekanus Komarigi from entering and rudely pushed him outside. A subsequent dispute escalated into a brawl.


Police ill-treat five participants after peaceful event on human rights at the Papuan student dormitory in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province

The ‘Makasar Peoples Alliance for Democracy’ has published a statement according to which four men were allegedly intercepted and ill-treated by members of the Makassar Municipality Police (POLRESTABES Makassar) after participating in a peaceful event in relation to the human rights situation in West Papua. The event took place on the 13 October 2018 at the Papuan student dormitory yard in Lanto Dg. Pasewang street, Makassar, South Sulawesi Province. The alliance reported that a dozen plain cloth officers entered the dormitory yard around 4.30 pm and removed banners and posters, stating that the students did not receive a permission for the event. At 7.00 pm, the students began to present self-composed poems, orations as well as music and comedy performances, while approximately 20 uniformed police officers closely monitored the event in front of the dormitory premises. Four police intelligence members followed the discussion and performances inside the dormitory. At 10.00 pm the police demanded to accelerate the event schedule alleging that public events were not allowed to take place after 10.00 pm. Thereupon, organizers closed the event at 10.05 pm.


Human Rights Update West Papua - 3rd Quarter 2018

The third quarter of 2018 was characterized by a considerable increase in political arrests resulting from police action during the dispersal of various peaceful demonstrations. The majority of political demonstrations were organised in relation to the 73rd General Assembly Session of the United Nations, during which Vanuatu and other Pacific countries had raised the West Papua issue. Political activities within the Papuan civil society appear to have significantly risen in September 2018 in correspondence with international political events outside Indonesia.


Six air force members collectively torture Papuan man in Sentani

The Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua ‘PAHAM Papua’ has documented another torture case in Sentani, Jayapura Regency. On 10 September 2018, six air force members allegedly tortured Sukay Alwan Suebu at the Sub-district police office near the Sentani Airport (Polsek KP3U Bandara Sentani) and the dormitory facility of the air force base (LANUD) in Sentani. He sustained bruises all over his body as a result of the torture and had to undergo medical treatment at the Yowari General Hospital in Sentani for two days.

Sukay Alwan Suebu was dismissed from company PT Jayawijaya, where he had worked for nine years. When he left the company office around 9.00 am, one of his colleagues made fun of his dismissal, so Sukay Suebu slapped the colleague on the cheek. Thereupon, the colleague called his brother, an air force member who is deployed at the nearby air force base in Sentani. Around 09.15 am, the brother and another air force member intercepted Sukay Alan Suebu on his way home and brought him to the sub-district police station near the Sentani Airport (Polsek KP3U Bandara Sentani), where both military members punched Sukay Suebu repeatedly in the face.


Eleven university students arrested for peacefully expressing their opionion in public

The Papuan media outlet Tabloid Jubi has reported the arrest of four students at the campus of the Jayapura University for Technology and Science (USTJ) on 27 September 2018. A group of students had gathered at 09.00 am in front of the university building and expressed their support for Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, which raised the human rights situation in West Papua during the 73rd Session of the United Nations generals Assembly.


Timika District Police fails to provide adequate medical treatment during detention

According to credible information by the ‘Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua’ (PAHAM Papua) the Timika District Police failed to provide sufficient medical treatment to two detainees which had sustained bullet injuries during a security force raid on the branch office of the ‘West Papua National Committee’ (KNPB) on 15 September 2018 . Erichzon Mandobar (19 years) sustained a bullet injury below the right knee, while Yakonias Womsiwor (39 years) sustained six bullet injuries on his left leg – three bullets hitting his thigh, three bullets the calf (see image on the left). The local police has provided first aid treatment after the  raid. However, the police only facilitated two treatments within the first week after the incident. Afterwards, both detainees were denied access to medical follow-up treatments. As a result of the police negligence, Yakonias Womsiwor’s injured leg got swollen and started to turn black – very likely due to wound infection. He is currently not able to stand up and is in severe pain due to his leg injuries. Erichzon and Yakonias are currently detained at the Mako Brimom 32 Timika headquarters.


Military operation in Puncak Jaya Regency allegedly causes death of at least five civilians

The ICP has received information from local human rights defenders about a military attack in the highland regency of Puncak Jaya on the 1 October 2018. According to the information, the military reportedly conducted several air-raids with four helicopters against targets in the Tingginambut District. The air-strikes were supported by ground forces. The human rights activists claim that the Indonesian army used explosive projectiles such as grenades and missiles during the air strike. The attack has allegedly caused the death of at least five civilians - among them a pregnant woman and at least two minors - and two members of the armed resistance (TPN-OPM). People in the affected area have fled into the surrounding jungle to seek shelter from the military forces. The human rights activist stated that the actual number of fatalities could be higher, because the figure excludes victims who might have been injured or killed during the attempt to flee into the forest.


67 ULMWP supporters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Jayapura

The independent news outlet ‘Tabloid Jubi’ has reported the arrest of 67 ‘United Liberation Movement for West Papua’ (ULMWP) supporters during a demonstration in Jayapura Municipality, Papua Province, on the 24 September 2018. The protesters expressed their support for Vanuatu and other Pacific countries, which had raised the West Papua issue during the 73rd General Assembly Session of the United Nations. A police officer allegedly ill-treated a protester named Petrus Kosamah around 11.00 am, as members of the crowd control unit DALMAS dispersed the crowd at the campus of the Jayapura University for Science and Technology (USTJ) in Abepura.


TAPOL and ETAN Joint Statement - UN General Assembly 73: Correcting the Record On Human Rights Violations in West Papua and the 1969 UN Resolution Regarding ‘Act of Free Choice’

London, New York, 2 October 2018

TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) condemn yet another wave of mass arrests during the opening week of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The mass arrests clearly contradict the statement of the Republic of Indonesia in their first “right of reply” during the General Assembly that there are not “frequent and systematic human rights violations” in West Papua. We also disagree with Indonesia’s claim that UN Resolution 2504 of 1969 has settled the issue of West Papua’s political status.



Joint security forces raid the KNPB office in Timika – two activists shot down

Joint security forces have raided the Timika branch office of the ’West Papua National Committee’ (KNPB), a political organisation that advocates the right to self-determination of the Papuan people. During the security force operation, security forces arrested nine KNPB activists - two activists sustained bullet injuries and had to be hospitalized. Police officers allegedly seized one revolver, 104 caliber 5,56 cartridges, 11 revolver cartridges, one AK47 cartridge and 7 Molotov cocktails. KNPB representatives have denied that KNPB activists had stored firearms or explosives at the office, claiming that the police used fabricated evidence to criminalize the organisation and break their peaceful resistance.


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